New Dosage Forms to Help You Take Your Medicine

Roni Shye
Roni Shye, PharmD BCGP BCACP, is a licensed pharmacist in the states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
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Medications these days are not only limited to traditional routes like taking a pill by mouth. A variety of new and improved dosage forms have been created with your best interests in mind.

If you have trouble remembering to take your medication, or for example, if you’re a diabetic who doesn’t like needles, one of the newer dosage forms just might be right for you!

What types of new dosage forms now exist?

Are there advantages to using these newer forms?

Yes—some of these new forms can help you resolve common issues like:

Which medications are available through an iontophoretic transdermal system?

The iontophoretic delivery system actually uses a mild electrical current to deliver a medication through the skin. These drugs will be available as transdermal patches that offer a set dose of medication. There aren’t any currently available at your pharmacy, but some examples of how the system is used include:

What sort of medications are available as long-acting injections?

Rather than a taking a daily pill or injection, you may be able to receive a long-acting injection weekly, monthly, or even less often. The following are examples of some types of medications that have this form available:

Which medications can be inhaled?

While you may be familiar with inhalers for asthma or COPD, you may not be aware that an inhaled insulin (Afrezza) recently became available for diabetes patients.

What sort of medications are available as dissolvable tablets or films?

Alternative forms like orally disintegrating tablets and sublingual films can be especially helpful if you have a difficult time swallowing. Even better news here—many of these are also available as as cheaper generics. Some medications that can be dissolved in your mouth or under your tongue include treatments for:

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